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Obama Impersonator Thrown Out For Mocking GOP: Racist Jokes Were Okay

you are under arrestInexplicably, the organizers of the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans asked an Obama impersonator to do a light comedy routine making fun of the president for a roomful of pasty napping olds. For some reason, the organizers thought it would be super funny to have a black impersonator show up onstage and make a bunch of miscegenation jokes to this white crowd. But that’s not a laughing matter, having Africans take advantage of Our White Women!

So the crowd was very uncomfortable about this whole attempt at humor. And as this video proves, the old Saturday Night Live 1981-2011 “if it’s not getting laughs, just make the sketch even longer” rule has not been lost on the GOP leadership. “Michelle celebrates all of Black History Month. I only celebrate half,” was an actual joke this guy, Reggie Brown, used on his audience, and they laughed.

For some reason, multiple media outlets decided to report that this performance was bad because it was full of jokes about Obama being black. Sure, this is true. None of it was terribly funny. But the audience was in stitches through every one of those jokes.

Here’s what webzine POLITICO reported:

A comedian impersonating President Obama made racially tinged jokes Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference before being pulled off the stage by an event organizer.

The Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown, said that while the First Lady celebrated all of Black History Month, the bi-racial president only celebrated half the month.

Brown also said: “My mother loved a black man, and she was not a Kardashian.”

This makes it sound like the RLC organizers were offended that Brown made jokes about black people in hideously poor taste. But no, he actually got all the way through those “Obama is black” jokes — including one about how they should rearrange the room according to pre-Civil Rights Act regulations, and everyone laughed — before he used the joke that just tells itself, “Newt Gingrich’s campaign is falling apart.” AHAHA… see, we laughed at that one? This is when the audience finally turned on Reggie Brown. They booed him. DO NOT INSULT NEWT.

By the time he gets around to mocking Michele Bachmann, about nineteen minutes into this thing, the GOP is freaking out! They cut his microphone! And then some old white guy in a suit literally hauls the Obama impersonator off the stage! Incredible!

The real accomplishment here was to get a bunch of Republicans laughing, on camera, because they enjoy mocking the very existence of a black president. They do this anyway. But it’s good to have more archival video? We were getting tired of those dumb watermelon-on-the-White-House lawn photos. [YouTube/Politico]

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  1. memzilla

    Q: How many Rethuglicans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    A; All of them, Katie. They hate blackness just that much.

    1. fuflans

      fortunately, they have decided CFLs are the work of the devil and will spend the next decade lighting candles to defend liberty.

      and setting themselves on fire.

      1. Negropolis

        lighting candles to defend liberty.

        I think they call those "freedom lightsticks" in Real America.

        1. benjo765

          They dont believe in screwing in lightbulbs – lightbulbs should be free to screw themselves in.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Then report him to the authorities when he asks to be paid (or gets hurt, or sends his kids to school, or doesn't show up early).

    2. Sparky_McGruff

      Just tell them the lightbulb has a pension, or is on medicare, and they'll try to screw it over in a heartbeat.

    3. tessiee

      "Q: How many Rethuglicans does it take to screw in a light bulb?"

      A1: They didn't have light bulbs in the dark ages.
      A2: Only two, but they have to be really small.

    4. natoslug

      So the 6 months I just spent with burned-out bulbs in my dining room, forcing the kids to eat by braille, is not because I am lazy, but because I am liberal? Thank the dogs (I have 5) — I was running out of excuses for not replacing the front porch light as well. Someone should have told me this before my wife made me change the bulbs this Saturday, dammit!

    5. rickmaci

      They won't replace the bulb, they would rather sit in the dark and blame Obama because light is out.

  2. bumfug

    If he'd just borrowed some gay jokes from Tracy Morgan and left the republican politicians alone he'd still be on stage doing encores.

    1. Sparky_McGruff

      There's a parallel there. The reason that Tracy Morgan's jokes caused such a stir (and were generally not considered funny) is that they seemed to be hateful rants without much comedy.

      The GOP likes their racist "jokes" the same way — lots of hate, not much joke. It's an old standard from the days of Ol' Dixie — you can't talk about lynchin' niggras in polite company, so you "joke" about lynchings instead. Or at least about watermelons and welfare queens.

      That way you can say "It's just a joke, son, dontcha have any sense of humor?" when someone doesn't find your "jokes" about stringing up the darkies or skinning them alive particularly funny. The GOP "conservatives" don't actually like comedy — witness the few attempts at "conservative comedians" or "comedy shows". They do like to put a thin veneer of deniability over their hate filled rants, however.

      1. tessiee

        "The GOP "conservatives" don't actually like comedy — witness the few attempts at "conservative comedians" or "comedy shows".

        The GOP sucks at comedy, firstly, because they totally lack anything resembling a sense of humor (and like everybody I've ever met with no sense of humor, are dull-witted, mean-spirited, unaware, self-important jackasses).

        Secondly, they can't do comedy because they're not the underdog. There's no humor and no dramatic tension in watching the ruling class pick on the little guy — we don't wonder how it's going to go — they're already the ruling class — so it's just plain and simple bullying, which is their modus operandi for everything, anyway.

  3. mourningnmerica

    They didn't show the part where he whipped out an 11 inch penis, and menaced (our) white women in the audience with it. The laughs weren't so big during that part.

    1. Guppy06

      "They didn't show the part where he whipped out an 11 inch penis"

      We're talking about the GOP here; there'd be catcalls if that happened.

      1. Negropolis

        Only in private. In public, they'd have booed his ass how stage for emasculating them with that display. They have to keep up appearances; it's the Republican way.

  4. Negropolis

    Can I just say for the thousandth time that I hate minorities who whore themselves out to these type of events? Come on, brothas. If we didn't do this, they'd be forced to black-face one of their own to do it. Make them own it; stop being complicit.

    I know everyone has to eat, but do we have no standards?

    1. memzilla

      Lena Horne, Stepin Fetchit, Bill Bojangles, Hattie McDaniel, et al. were called "sellouts" because they worked for less pay than their white counterparts. I used to think that too. Then I took into account that there was a Great Depression on, and forgave them, because even though these people personified shameful stereotypes, they were at least gettin' paid in the middle ot the Great Depression. However, I don't recall any of them being willing to whore themselves out for FDR's Rethugilcan opponents, Alf Landon or Wendell Wilkie. /end Old White Guy Rant

      1. Negropolis

        We don't have to do this anymore in the acting world, though, to make a living. Many of them did, and I don't place blame on any of them, though, I'm glad what Lena Horne in particular was able to later beocme.

        I don't excuse this stuff from our actors in the 21st century; that's where I draw the line and I don't find that an unfair criticism of this. For goodness sake, the president is a black dude! For the love of god, let this blatant form of this particular form of "entertainment" die already.

        1. memzilla

          What would this guy be thinking to think this would be a good career move? Is the Resident Minstrel role at Rethuglican and Tea Klux Klan hivemind meetings really a long-term gig?

          OK, my second question was just stupid.

          1. tessiee

            A friend of mine who is a bit of a movie buff made the interesting observation that in a lot of Will Smith's movies, he played the kind of parts that Harrison Ford used to play when he was younger.

    2. Monsieur_Grumpe

      I don't think Mr. Brown will be doing this shtick anywhere in the near future. He managed to be universally offensive without being clever or original. You‘ve got to wonder how he could have thought that this would have been a good career move.

    3. LiveToServeYa

      Some people will do anything for money because, someplace along the line, greed became, for lack of a better word, good. Greed for money, greed for fame, greed for publicity. It's the same as Elton John performing for el Rushboob's wedding. The pay's the thing.

      1. natoslug

        In these instances, however I don't think they're trying to catch the conscience of the king.

        (sorry, couldn't let the almost Shakespearean opening just hang there . . . )

    4. GOPCrusher

      I can't believe that anyone will buy the Republiklan argument that they pulled him from stage for racist comments. Whoever booked Reggie Brown knew exactly what they were going to get, I imagine somebody probably pointed out that having an Obama Impersonator at a Republiklan meeting wasn't a real bright idea.

  5. PocketsTheClown

    BLACK FACE IS BACK HA HA. Also, still looking for a guaranteed student loan for my kindergartener. Anyone?

    1. memzilla

      Bond him out to teaching ESL in China in 14 years. It's just like indentured servitude, but with less Koch Brothers.

      1. PocketsTheClown

        Wait.. China owns us already I thought. Isn't that why it costs so much to eat now? Are the Kock Brothers Chinese? Sry, I drunk.

  6. Negropolis

    Now to the fun part…

    This is like meth, to them. And they wonder why self-respecting minorities don't sign up for their bullshit. They have to wade through all of this shit before they can even get a glimpse about your flimsy, not-so-serious platform.

    1. SpurningBeer

      And Mr. Brown, if you're going to perform at a Republican event again, please follow precedent and wear slavery-appropriate attire. It's a heritage thing.

  7. OKthennext

    Republicans laugh at racist Obammer jokes? "You hear that Elizabeth? I'm 'a coming' to join you!"

    (See 7:38 minute mark.)

    1. Peace in our time

      Mark 7:38 – are you quoting scripture? Mark chapter 7 only goes to verse 37.

      We all need to prepare for The Revival by boning up on our Bible study in case they win in 2012.

  8. imissopus

    Remember the WHCD when Obama mocked Donald Trump? Obama is racist against people with bad hair plugs. IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME THING, PEOPLE.

    1. Guppy06

      Complain all you want, I bet you he managed to get his Bank of America mortgage renegotiated.

      1. Negropolis

        Why? Because he was at a GOP event? Those cheap bastards probably didn't even pay for his lunch.

    2. Nothingisamiss

      Whatever they paid him, it won't be enough for his therapy bills when he realizes his soul is gone.

    1. PristineODummy

      Isn't this a lot like the last spasms of the British for the days of Empire? Remember when Merchant & Ivory couldn't churn out enough Jewel-In-The-Crown-type wholesale smirkage and pant-plunderage?

  9. flamingpdog

    What was with the gap in the audio at 18 and a half minutes? Was Zombie Rosemary Woods at the conference?

  10. CapnFatback

    I really don't believe Brown's removal was political, Kirsten. This event was held in New Orleans: he got the bum's rush because he dared stand in front of a crowd of drunken assholes for nearly twenty minutes without showing his tits.

      1. poncho_pilot

        the only beads you'll find at an RLC function are of the anal variety. will those do?

        1. PristineODummy

          Only if they're still sealed in the original wrapping. You can't share toys with Republicans. You have no idea WHERE those beads have been.

  11. alaninthecastro

    I don't want to get all conpsiracy-theoryish, but has it occurred to anyone that the media has been using impersonators to portray ALL Democratic politicians the past three years? It would explain a lot.

    1. LesBontemps

      I'd be relieved if they were just impersonators, but I think it's actually Taiwanese animation.

  12. flamingpdog

    So they pulled him off the stage when he got to the Michele Bachmann jokes? Maybe the master of ceremonies knew the ladies' room was out of order and her SUV driver had driven off to get some cigs.

  13. memzilla

    ♫ ♪ ♫ (to the tune of Col. Bogey's March) ♪ ♫ ♪

    Hitler…. has only got one ball!
    Göring… has two, but ver-ry small.
    Himmler… is somewhat sim'lar.
    But poor Goebbels.. has no balls… at all!

  14. emmelemm

    So, isn't that the same guy who was "debating" one of the Rands on Fox? (The actor, I mean.) I watched neither video; I'm merely basing this on the still shot from each.

    If so, he must be the most self-hating person on earth.

  15. sati_demise

    His make up was weird. too weird. watching people roll around in shit is boring


      1. horsedreamer_1

        Wait 'til it turns out it actually was a white guy in black face.

        Fred Armisen is blacker than this guy.

  16. mrblifil

    I loved Reggie's look of surprise when the jovial altar-boy rapist comes up behind him unannounced to "give him the light." Good gravy people, this is why they shine a light in comedy clubs, so you don't put yourself at physical risk by sneaking up on a comic who's bombing, in order to tell that person nobody finds them funny. Least of all Calista Gingrich.

    God knows where he was escorted to after that, it didn't look like it was gonna be much fun. Hope he at least got his parking validated.

  17. SayItWithWookies

    Ha ha — the real black president is funnier than the fake black president. And I'm not gonna harsh on him for being black. First of all, he got in some jabs at his audience too, so he was trying to be equal opportunity. He just figured a roomful of Republicans would be able to take it. Miscalculation is all.

    1. CapeClod

      Because, really, what kind of humor can be mined from a serial divorcer, a flip-flopping panderer, a deeply unpopular fetus worshiper, a looney eyed church lady, a bad pizza shop owner, and a man so ridiculously boring that people fall asleep whenever his name is even mentioned?

  18. flamingpdog

    If I'm Mr. Brown, I'm not walking onto the stage at any Republican conference posing as Obama unless I'm 100 percent certain that all the firearms have been checked at the front door.

  19. fuflans

    ok now that i've watched that: yuck. that was just…awful. nothing funny whatsoever until the end (and then only recycled jokes that have been making the circuit for at least the past month) and then the black guy gets pulled off stage.


    oh and also: horrible old white gray haired ladies in peach outfits with jutting jaws trying to save america.

  20. Guppy06

    Now each and every Republican in the room can point to Mr. Brown and claim they have a Black Friend.

    1. Nothingisamiss

      "If it was racist a black guy wouldn't have been there!" say my coworkers.
      (I assume.)

    1. Negropolis

      Bingo. Less than the jokes, themselves, it's the audience in which you deliver jokes. You don't do these jokes at a political event for fucking Republicans knowing the context in which they'll be received by most of them. They aren't laughing with the president, they are laughing at the president…because he's black. That's it. There isn't anything else to it.

      1. HistoriCat

        So what you're saying is that being black is not funny? Shit – you mean I shouldn't point and laugh at people just because of their race?

        Someone is going to have to break the news to Rush Limbaugh …

      2. natoslug

        But Polack jokes are still okay, right?

        Glen: How many Polacks it take to screw up a lightbulb?
        H.I.: I don't know, Glen. One?
        Glen: Nope, it takes three.
        Glen: Wait a minute, I told it wrong. Here, I'm startin' over: How come it takes three Polacks to screw up a lightbulb?
        H.I.: I don't know, Glen.
        Glen: 'Cause they're so darn stupid!
        Glen: Shit, man, loosen up! Don't ya get it?
        H.I.: No, Glen, I sure don't.
        Glen: Shit, man, think about it! I guess it's what they call a "way homer."
        H.I.: Why's that?
        Glen: 'Cause you only get it on the way home.
        H.I.: I'm already home, Glen.

  21. easybaked

    Too bad they didn't invite Stephen Colbert to speak. Now that would have been funny.

    1. Guppy06

      These are the same people who think Colbert is some sort of double-meta super-secret conservative mocking libruls. It'd be less "laughing" and more "cheering."

  22. poorgradstudent

    I kind of wish the Democrats would respond by having Tina Fey play Sarah Palin at one of their official conferences. The chorus of hypocritical screeches of "Well, I NEVER!" echoing from every teevee showing FOX News would be beautiful.

    1. Negropolis

      Oh boy, that would be a thing of beauty. Send here to Netroots of something and just let her go wild.

    2. Nothingisamiss

      Except I don't accept that that would be the same thing. When Tina was doing her awesome work, it wasn't "anti woman" in front of men who think women should wear burkas, making their case that stoning was an acceptable form of punishment.

      I realize now that you've said this, though, this is EXACTLY what they will point to.

    3. CapeClod

      And one of the best things that Tina Fey does in her act is repeat what Sarah Palin says verbatim.

  23. imissopus

    What struck me just now is that just this morning Jon Stewart was on Fox News Sunday with another fake newsman, Chris Wallace, who showed a bit TDS did a couple of weeks ago in which they played a video of a Herman Cain speech and then cut to Jon adding some jokes in a "Herman Cain" voice. Jon basically just sounded like a gruff old guy and there was nothing even remotely racial about it to my ears, but Wallace tried to tar him with the "racist" brush by asking if he was planning on reviving the old Amos 'N Andy show next. I hope TDS juxtaposes this clip with that one and then shoves it up Chris Wallace's ass.

    To his credit, during the interview Jon called Chris Wallace "insane" at least once.

    1. Negropolis

      I remember that episode. Jon was doing a (bad – like most of his accents) old Southern accent; that's about it.

      And, again, for all the conservatives listening, context and the type of audience you're playing are very important, as if you should even have to be told. If you have to be told that Chris Rock wouldn't be stupid enough to do his act at an event hosted by the Daughters of the Confederacy, you're fucking morons.

      1. guangho

        Hey I'd love to see Chris Rock do a show for the sons and daughters of the confederacy. After his kids grow up I mean.

      1. Negropolis

        If we're to be honest, Mike is probably still ashamed and regretful that he didn't have the balls to raise his son. But, that's a whole other discussion.

  24. pinkocommi

    What a surprise that Republitards' idea of a sense of humor involves putting people who are different from them down…. So goes their comedy, goes their politics. It is an integrated worldview.

  25. mormos

    I bet he agreed to do this just so he could mock them all to their faces there at the end.

    1. JustPixelz

      In 1967, Israel didn't take "Palestine's" land. Gaza was part of Egypt, West Bank part or Jordan. After the war Egypt and Jordan said they didn't want it back, as it was full of Palestinians. I think we'd feel the same way if Mexico got ahold of Texas.

    2. imissopus

      Thank you, it was driving me nuts trying to figure that out. I kept thinking he couldn't have mixed up the year the CRA was passed, but then I couldn't think of what else it could be.

    1. Noman

      "Once again humorless liberals show they can dish it out but can't take it when the help gets too uppity."

      Tru dat!

      Let the whimpering begin…

  26. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    There is nothing more heartwarming than Republicans laughing at black people.

  27. donner_froh

    This hardly qualifies for racist among Republicans. There was no watermelon patch on the White House lawn, no references to the president as a monkey or of Mrs. Obama eating ribs.

  28. Dr_pangloss

    Note to unfunny Obama Impersonator: Do not remind stuipid white men that they are stupid white men. I'm sure they are all still reeling over all the money they gave to the "Elect Newt" ponzi scheme and you are just rubbing salt into the booboo.

  29. the_problem_child

    The impersonation part was pretty good, I thought. The jokes (all of them), not so much. He must have trolled Our Wonkette on an off day.

  30. SpurningBeer

    You see, when a white president is walking to the helicopter, he's all like this, with his ass tight, and his back up straight, and he salutes the Marine at the stairs. But when a half-black president walks to the helicopter, he be all bouncin' and dippin' his shoulders, and boom shacka-lacka, and fist bumps the Marine, and goes 'Sup, nigga?," then jogs up the stairs.

    1. ThundercatHo

      Thanks man, now I'm gonna have Stripes playing in my head all damn day. Boom shacka-lacka-lacka….I just love Bill Murray.

    2. tessiee

      Black people be postin' like this:
      'sup 'sup 'sup 'sup 'sup

      But white people be postin' like this:
      meh meh meh meh meh.

      Oh, it's true! WE'RE *SO LAME*!!

      1. bflrtsplk

        Of course, when the GOPers throw you off the stage for making fun of the Newster, that kind of limits your options.

  31. neiltheblaze

    Thank goodness Politico was there to put a positive spin on it and play down the "Republicans are humorless, racist clods" aspect. What would we do without them?

    1. horsedreamer_1

      Progress, instead of regress?

      I saw a woman from the Po'o on CSPAN yesterday, Kacie something or other. I can honestly say, she looked good enough to do porno… & doing porno would be a step up from writing for POLITICO.

  32. SaintRond

    This "comedian" would do well to remember Steppin' Fetchit's son who was so mortified by his father's onscreen antics that he went out and shot 15 people dead on a turnpike before turning the gun on himself.

    That said, would you like to see my wiener?

    Peace… God bless…

  33. ganmerlad

    I first read the jokes about Obama in the Politico story and didn't think they were funny. But then I read them again in the NYT story and started giggling. It is all about *who* is telling the joke, and the font. (Or possibly because the first joke NYT put out there was: 'He said that he was born in Hawaii, adding, “or as the Tea Partiers like to call it, Kenya.”')

    'Doug Heye, a party strategist and former communications director for the Republican National Committee, criticized the hiring of Mr. Brown. As word of the performance began to spread online, he wrote in a message on Twitter: “Wonder why many minorities have problems with G.O.P.? Our own fault.”' Understatement much?

  34. Limeylizzie

    Jesus Christ, between this fool and the union actors doing the anti-union Target spot ,the selling-out is getting crazy.

  35. PuckStopsHere

    They put this on C-SPAN? I thought "America's Biggest Loser" was an NBC property.

  36. freakishlywrong

    Mean spirited, humorless, hateful, bigoted Cons. Saint Ronny would be so proud, right before you kicked him out the "big tent" for being a RINO. Assholes.

  37. ThundercatHo

    Y'all are on fire today. I hope they have this guy introduce the Republican nominee at the end of the nat'l convention cuz that would hilarious.

  38. El Pinche

    Black face isn't funny enough to republicans. A slave whipping reenactment with audience participation would have made them laugh until they shit their Depends.

  39. MLite

    Someone who is skilled at videos should make a cut with just the audience shots so we can play "Where's Waldo" looking for anyone who isn't white and over 40.

  40. Callyson

    I gave five minutes…was this supposed to be funny or something? I mean, funny to anyone who *isn't* an old racist?

    1. imissopus

      We didn't mind when he kept referring to how much all the Nazis enjoyed ass-fucking, but he really crossed the line when he referred to the entire congregation as "a bunch of hook-nosed, fork-tongued, scheming yids."

  41. carlgt1

    This is by far the most accurate headline about this Repug "comedian" I have seen in any media source.

  42. Chet Kincaid

    Watched it all, and I'm not finding what there is to be so outraged about, or why this guy should be tarred and feathered. His jokes and his imitation are mostly the kind of mild shit that professional Presidential impersonators have been doing since JFK. Get your outrage meters tuned, this is nowhere in the vicinity of monosyllabic gangster rappers pointing at Janice Hahn's ass.

    1. Negropolis

      Actually, it's worse, because it's done under the guise of this being a legitimate act to do at a Republican event. The Janice hahn shit is so blatantly over the top, it's actually funny. There is something really insipid about audience interaction like that.

      There is nothing redeemable about this performance. It's either not funny, insidiously playing to racists, or both. I'm not surprised you're both defending this and then using it to browbeat everyone else here, though. That seems to be your MO, here. Playing a constant contrarian must be fun.

    1. tessiee

      Is somebody holding their hand over your mouth?
      Go ahead, go up to a black person and call them a "nigger" to their face, if that will make your day complete.
      Nobody here is stopping you.
      In fact, some of us would probably sell tickets.

  43. finallyhappy

    I don't get it- I also have forgotten how the Kardashians got a Tv show. Someone told me- but don't bother telling me again. There are so many unknown people on TV- and I have no idea why. Let me just repeat that is why I watch old movies and old TV(and the Walking Dead)

  44. anniegetyerfun

    Hold the motherfucking phone. Do you mean to tell me that The Politico didn't report something 100% accurately?

  45. PristineODummy

    Let's put it this way: they would if they could. After all, they've screwed everything else.

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